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Survivors of blast are traumatised by losses


Shreya Dhoundial,CNN-IBN
Sep 15, 2008 at 02:32am IST

New Delhi: While Delhi still grapples to come to terms with the horrifying blasts on Saturday, the human loss continues to hurt.

The tragedy killed at least 22 people and has left over a 130 people struggling to survive.

While some mourn the deaths of near and dear ones, many are counting their blessings on survival or being spared the loss of relatives.

There are cases where tragedy has peaked to the threshold of tolerance. Like a barely conscious Rama Singh who was being wheeled into the CT scan centre at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.

Singh's wife too is fighting for life while the couple's two daughters are dead.

Singh doesn't know this yet and his family can't bring themselves to tell him the truth at this hour.

18-year-old Neha Sharma is battling for her life. She was in Connaught Place on that fateful Saturday evening when splinters and pellets from the bombs that went off hit her.

Neha's siblings struggle to stay composed and fight tears as she is being wheeled into surgery.

Her brother, Manish Sharma said he can only pray for her recovery and feels very helpless to see the otherwise sprightly girl laid so quiet by tragedy.

Armed with her son's photograph, Amrit Kaur has searched every hospital in town, looking for him.

Her 40-year-old son Charanjeet was on a bus to Karol Bagh on Saturday evening but hasn't come home as yet.

Tearfully, Kaur said, "I can't sit at home waiting for him. I had told him not to go but he didn't listen."

Neha, Charanjeet and Rama are just three of the many heart breaking stories that the Delhi blasts have left behind. The blasts struck at the heart of the national capital but did not to dent the soul of the city.

It is, afterall a soul that is held together by doctors like Romesh Lall and his team. The doctors at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital have operated on blast survivors through the night.

A hundred doctors reported to work within 20 minutes of the blasts, most of them voluntarily.

It is this spirit that ultimately triumphs in the face adversity.

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